Escape to the (cheaper) moviesI went to the movies a few...

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May 01, 1994|By Lisa Wiseman

Escape to the (cheaper) movies

I went to the movies a few weekends ago -- had to take out a small loan to do so. To make matters even worse, I didn't even like the movie. Maybe I'm being a little cheap, but I don't want to pay seven bucks to see a film. And at the Shrine Film Festival, I don't have to. The festival, held at the Shrine of the Little Flower church on Belair Road, offers great films at decent prices. Coming up this month are the 1934 classic "The Gay Divorcee," starring those classy hoofers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire; "Howards' End," an Academy Award-winning film based on the novel by E.M. Forster, and "Enchanted April," a delightful tale of four English women who escape their restrictive lives by vacationing in Italy. If you haven't seen any of them, now is your chance. With the money you save, you can buy a bigger bucket of popcorn next time you go to the theater.

* Shrine Film Festival, Shrine of the Little Flower, 3500 Belair Road. "The Gay Divorcee," May 6, "Howards' End," May 13 and "Enchanted April," May 20. All show times are 8 p.m. Admission is $4, $3.50 for seniors, $3 for children under 12. (410) 483-1700.

All about herbs

Every good cook knows that herbs and spices can make a meal. And every bad cook knows that herbs and spices can sometimes hide the fact that your food tastes horrible. My secret: When in doubt, add more garlic and oregano. But for those of you who don't know your way around a spice rack, why not check out the Herb Festival this Saturday at Piney Run Park in Sykesville? Learn how to use spices for cooking, how to grow herbs, how to make vinegars, potpourri, sachets, herb soaps and dyes. You can even try your luck at beekeeping or take a lesson in herb history.

* Herb Festival at Piney Run Park, 30 Martz Road in Sykesville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7. Admission: $3 a car for Carroll County residents, $4 a car for others. Call (410) 795-3274.

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